Hundreds of thousands expected at 'Du31' party

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Hundreds of thousands expected at 'Du31' party 1
Supporters of Rodrigo Duterte during their miting de avance at Luneta on May 7, 2016. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY (UPDATED) - A huge party will take place in Davao City on June 4 to celebrate the landslide election victory of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

At least 200,000 people are expected to attend the event dubbed "One Love, One Nation" which will run from 1 p.m. on June 4 until 1 a.m. the next day at the Crocodile Park, according to host and event co-organizer Kat De Castro.

"This is the first time na magkakaroon ng ganitong kalaking event sa Davao, kasi ngayon lang naman talaga nagkaroon ng isang president from Mindanao," De Castro told ABS-CBN News.

Duterte is expected to grace the event but it is not yet clear at which point during the 12-hour event he will appear on stage. His entire family will also be there.

"Not only Digong will be there but all of his family - Mayor Sara, si Sebastian ang heartthrob ng bayan, will be there. It's gonna be the first major event for the president-elect. It's not open for just the people of Davao," De Castro said.

De Castro said the massive party is being spearheaded by business leaders in Davao and no public funds will be involved in conducting it.

She said several celebrities such as Vice Ganda, Jimmy Bondoc, and Arnell Ignacio have committed to grace the event.

She added a medical mission and feeding program will be held at the People’s Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


With Duterte attending a major gathering, security is expected to be tight, police officials said.

Chief Inspector Andrea Dela Cerna, spokesperson of the Region 11 police office, said checkpoints will be set up in surrounding provinces to thwart criminals.

"Iyung security magko-conduct na rin tayo ng checkpoints like iyung ginagawa previously pag may malalaking events sa siyudad," Dela Cerna said.

Those who will attend the event are advised not to bring backpacks, and those who will enter the Crocodile Park's premises will be subjected to frisking and bag inspection.

People are also warned against bringing alcoholic drinks and smoking in public.

Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Davao City police, said the city's police force will deploy 2,000 personnel to ensure security throughout the event. Additional forces from the military will also be deployed.

"We have to be stricter lalo na sa checking and frisking. Laging pinapaalala na para di mahirapan all you have to do is bring yourself there. Walang backpacks, mga ibang kagamitan. With this, marami tayong ide-deploy na PNP personnel sa perimeters," Driz said. 

Duterte is expected to be officially declared the winner of the presidential elections by Congress sitting as the board of canvassers. Canvassing was on-going as of posting.

With votes from 96% of precincts counted based on watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting's (PPCRV) partial and unofficial results, Duterte had 15.9 million votes or around 38%.

He had a 6.2 million lead over administration candidate, Manuel Roxas II, who garnered 9.7 million or 23% of votes.

Three out of four of Duterte's rivals have conceded. - With reports from Dexter Ganibe, Ara Casas and Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News